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I just finished reading Marlowe's Doctor Faustus play. I felt compelled to read it, as Faust was an underlying theme of The Game we did a year ago. I liked the positioning of the book on the boundary of religion and science. Faustus denys God's existence and instead covets scientific knowledge, which he quickly parts with his soul to obtain. Strangely enough, he rejects the notion of hell even though it is hell's agents that provide him with his farcical powers. Also, it is the deadly sin of Pride, which he is introduced to in material form, that ensures his damnation.

Below I've posted links to an online version of the play (not the version I read), as well as nice summary and analysis from MonkeyNotes. The MonkeyNotes were nice to go through, as they reaffirmed/clarified what I read, as it becomes a slight chore to constantly have to translate the old English text. I imagine I would find the text more clever if it didn't rely on mythology and language that is very unfamiliar to me. Maybe an actual performance would be even more engaging.
- MonkeyNotes-Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe-Free Book notes/Chapter Summary
- Online text of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

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